Smoky Hill's Blake Yount is 2014-15 Gatorade State Boys Track & Field Athletes of the Year
The Gatorade State Boys Track & Field Athletes of the Year were selected based on athletic production and impact in the 2014-15 season. Each winner also demonstrated high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership.
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THE WINNER: Blake Yount
School: Smoky Hill (Aurora, Colo.)
Weight: 160 pounds
Athletic achievement: He won the 800-meter run with a state-record time of 1:50.59 at the Class 5A state meet this past season, leading the Buffaloes to fourth place as a team. A First Team All-Colorado selection as named by The Denver Post, Yount also finished sixth in the 400-meter dash in 49.27 seconds and anchored both the second-place 4×400-meter relay quartet (3:17.58) and fifth-place 4×800-meter relay squad (8:00.19). His 800-meter finish at the state meet ranked as the nation’s No. 9 time among prep competitors in 2015 at the time of his selection.
Academic excellence: Also an ice hockey standout, Yount has maintained a 3.55 weighted GPA.
Exemplary character: In addition to donating his time as a youth running instructor, he has worked for Aurora Youth Baseball during the summer.
“Blake set records whenever he ran this year,” said John Hancock, head coach of rival Mullen High. “His run at state was an all-time best in Colorado, and he was willing to do whatever his team needed. He really puts everything into a run. If I were a college recruiter, I’d have to have him. I coached Charlie Gruber, who was a 2004 Olympian in the mile, and Blake really reminds me of him with his mental toughness.”
THE FUTURE: Yount has signed with Oklahoma.